ZAPAD

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Russia conducted what could be the largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War. Known as Zapad 2017, this exercise went underway from September 14-20. It tested contingency plans for a full-scale conflict with NATO and interoperability with Belarus and the Commonwealth Security Treaty Organization. In the past, Russia has used military exercises as cover to invade neighboring states - as seen with Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014. Will Zapad 2017 be a harmless and transparent military exercise or will it act as a springboard for conflict on Europe's doorstep? Cutting through this fog of fact and disinformation, CEPA StratCom is launching "The Road to Zapad 2017" - an in-depth resource to track and analyze the lead up to Zapad 2017 and its outcomes. Read the latest on The Road to Zapad 2017. 

Photo: TASS/Valery Matytsin